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Gus Williams (born October 10, 1953 in Mount Vernon, New York) is a retired American professional basketball player most noted for his play with the NBA's Seattle SuperSonics, although he also played for the Golden State Warriors, Washington Bullets and Atlanta Hawks.

Williams was selected in the second round of the 1975 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors and in the first round of the 1975 ABA draft by the Spirits of St. Louis. Williams signed with the Warriors for the 1975-76 season and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team.[1]

While with Seattle, he was twice selected to the NBA All-Star Game, and was an All-NBA First Team (1982) and All-NBA Second Team (1980) selection. Williams, whose style of play earned him the nickname "Wizard", led the Sonics to the 1979 championship while averaging team high 28.6 points per game in the Finals. While in the prime of his career, Williams sat out the entire 1980-81 season due to a contract dispute. He finished his career with a 17.1 point-per-game scoring average in a career spanning 12 years from 1975 to 1987. In 2004 Williams' #1 jersey was retired by the Sonics.

Williams played college basketball at the University of Southern California. Williams' younger brother Ray, also played in the NBA.[2]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ BasketballReference.com Gus Williams page
  2. ^ BASN's Hometown Hero, by Peter Vecsey; published on Mar 13, 2007

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